This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec

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This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec

Post by Toucanl » Fri, 18 May 2001 03:08:34




This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec
(Norton). Do not open the attachment - just delete it.


as a
virus alert from antivirus firm Symantec Corp, the company said in a
virus
alert.

With a subject line reading "FW: Symantec Anti-Virus Warning" and an
attachment bearing the name ".symantec.com.vbs," the relatively
innocuous
worm, like many other recent worms, is written in Microsoft Corp.'s
Visual
Basic script (VBS) and propagates through the company's Outlook Express
e-mail client.
The e-mail carrying the worm is sent by "F. Jones," who the e-mail
identifies as a Symantec senior developer."

Here is Symantec's web page on the virus -


Notice that the subject line has a FW: in it, that should catch your
eye.
Please be very careful if you use Outlook Express or MS Outlook.  It it
hasn't been done already, a good way to keep from getting it is to
disable
VBS scripts.

To script or not to script:

There may be some advantage to leaving your Windows Scripting Host
enabled.
Read this before removing your scripting capabilities in Windows.
http://www.zdnet.com/zdhelp/stories/main/0,5594,2573079,00.html

How to turn off VBS files in Windows 9x and NT

http://www.zdnet.com/zdhelp/stories/main/0,5594,2568111,00.html

Regards

 
 
 

This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec

Post by Charles Palud » Fri, 18 May 2001 04:38:37


I thought MS put out a security patch that was supposed to disable VB
scripts from running in the Outlook programs, but there is another
alternative to disabling scripting on your entire computer and it's free
too.  You can go to www.zonelabs.com and download the free version of
Zonealarm.  It's a firewall program that is mostly to keep hackers out,
but another feature is that it will not allow certain file types (.exe,
.com, .vbs, etc.) to execute in Outlook/Outlook Express unless you click
a message saying "Yes".  If any of you are running cable/DSL connections
and don't have any kind of firewall program......you really need this
because your internet address doesn't change as much......if at all
depending on your service........compared to a dial-up connection and
this leaves your computer more visible to hacking.  Anyway, sorry for
the long speech.....I'm not associated with Zone Labs or anything, just
concerned that people are safe as possible against hacking/etc. and
since it's free that's always nice :-).

Charles

Quote:


> This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec
> (Norton). Do not open the attachment - just delete it.


> as a
> virus alert from antivirus firm Symantec Corp, the company said in a
> virus
> alert.

> With a subject line reading "FW: Symantec Anti-Virus Warning" and an
> attachment bearing the name ".symantec.com.vbs," the relatively
> innocuous
> worm, like many other recent worms, is written in Microsoft Corp.'s
> Visual
> Basic script (VBS) and propagates through the company's Outlook Express
> e-mail client.
> The e-mail carrying the worm is sent by "F. Jones," who the e-mail
> identifies as a Symantec senior developer."

> Here is Symantec's web page on the virus -


> Notice that the subject line has a FW: in it, that should catch your
> eye.
> Please be very careful if you use Outlook Express or MS Outlook.  It it
> hasn't been done already, a good way to keep from getting it is to
> disable
> VBS scripts.

> To script or not to script:

> There may be some advantage to leaving your Windows Scripting Host
> enabled.
> Read this before removing your scripting capabilities in Windows.
> http://www.zdnet.com/zdhelp/stories/main/0,5594,2573079,00.html

> How to turn off VBS files in Windows 9x and NT

> http://www.zdnet.com/zdhelp/stories/main/0,5594,2568111,00.html

> Regards

 
 
 

This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec

Post by billm.. » Sat, 19 May 2001 01:58:39


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Quote:
> This computer virus pretends to be from the anti-virus company Symantec
> (Norton). Do not open the attachment - just delete it.


> as a
> virus alert from antivirus firm Symantec Corp, the company said in a
> virus
> alert.

> With a subject line reading "FW: Symantec Anti-Virus Warning" and an
> attachment bearing the name ".symantec.com.vbs," the relatively
> innocuous
> worm, like many other recent worms, is written in Microsoft Corp.'s
> Visual
> Basic script (VBS) and propagates through the company's Outlook Express
> e-mail client.

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